When it debuted in 1967, the Chevrolet Camaro was GM''s answer to the Ford Mustang -- and the two automotive icons have remained locked in a head-to-head competition for pony car dominance even today, nearly 50 years later.
The first generation Camaro has always been my favorite; this very nicely (and recently) restored 1967 Camaro RS/SS 396 has a great look with great options. It''s painted to a high standard in Ermine White -- panels are straight with good gaps and the Madeira Maroon striping around the nose was executed perfectly. The paint color (Code C) and hideaway RS headlights are correct to the trim tag. Most chrome, lenses and trim pieces have been replaced; glass is excellent. It''s a stunning color combination, and those quarter vent windows (only available in 1967) and 15-inch Corvette rally wheels complete the look.
The interior shows beautifully, complete with new door panels, seat upholstery, dash, headliner and carpet. A high-end period-correct wood wheel is also new and adds a nice finishing touch. The factory speedometer, odometer and fuel gauges work fine, and there''s a set of temp, oil pressure and charge gauges mounted below the dash for extra information. The owner has thoughtfully added a RetroSound AM/FM stereo with auxiliary input and Bluetooth capability -- thus preserving a period-appropriate two-post look without having to cut up the dash. You can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone with this receiver.
Under the hood is a big block 396 mated to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission; it''s a fresh restoration with fewer than 100 miles on the engine. The engine is a slightly more aggressive build than stock with a mild camshaft and headers. A new Holley carb atop an Edelbrock intake is well tuned -- the car has a slight lope at idle, but idles consistently without loading up. This big block pulls strong throughout the rev range; it will light up the tires pretty easily, but the 12-bolt positraction rear end definitely helps put power down. It sounds incredible under load. Factory options include power steering and front disc brakes which have recently been upgraded with a power brake booster and new master cylinder. It''s a factory a/c car, but most of the a/c components were removed when the engine was rebuilt.
It''s an exceptional driver restored to a very nice standard; it''s well sorted and all service and tune-up items are up to date. Give us a call at 404-692-5250 for more information about this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS available at Motorcar Studio in Atlanta.